RFP: Xeni Gwet’in Forest Management Strategy
Xeni Gwet’in First Nation Government
Subject Matter of Request for Proposal: Xeni Gwet’in
Closing Date: July 26, 2019
Closing Time: 3:00 PM
Submit to: John Lerner email@example.com
Subject line: XENI GWET’IN FOREST MANAGEMENT STRATEGY
Brief Description of Request
The Xeni Gwet’in First Nation Government seeks to engage a qualified consultant to develop a Forest Management Strategy for the Xeni Gwet’in Caretaker Area in the Cariboo-Chilcotin.
Introduction to the Organization
The Xeni Gwet’in First Nation is one of the six communities of the Tsilhqot’in Nation and is the steward of the Tsilhqot’in Title Land, the only aboriginal title land in Canada, situated in the southwest Chilcotin and spanning roughly 1750 sqkm. This unique Title Land is surrounded by the Tsilhqot’in Rights Area and the larger Xeni Gwet’in Caretaker Area of roughly 4000 sqkm.
The Xeni Gwet’in First Nation Government carries out the wishes of its citizens expressed through one Chief and two Councilors that represent their community and Nation. The programs carried out by the Xeni Gwet’in First Nation Government include administration, health, economic development, social welfare, public works and land management.
The Xeni Gwet’in Caretaker Area is one of a few intact forest ecosystems left in the Cariboo-Chilcotin comprised largely of pine, fir and spruce stands. However, because of restrictive burning policies, a lack of forest management and climate change, it also contains high fuel loads and is now vulnerable to significant wildfire risk.
The community has already undertaken considerable land use planning in the Caretaker Area, including an Ecosystem Based Conservation Plan for a large portion of the Area, a climate adaptation plan for the Area, tourism planning, range planning and fisheries planning for the area as well as a comprehensive community plan for the community. However, forest management planning needs to be updated to account for current forest fire and forest health risks.
The work of the Xeni Gwet’in First Nation Government is based upon traditional Tŝilhqot’in beliefs and value systems – such as providing a sense of belonging and acceptance, sharing of information and resources, participation and inclusion in decision-making and respect for its individuals and families and respect for the health of the land. It is through strong, healthy families and a health land base that a strong Xeni Gwet’in community has been built.
The focus of the Xeni Gwet’in First Nation Government remains: to protect the land for future generations, to strengthen its cultural and spiritual base, to understand and live according to traditional values and beliefs and to develop a balance between contemporary and traditional lifestyles.
In order to protect the forests of the Caretaker Area and preserve habitat for fish and wildlife and traditional use and create economic opportunities for its members, the Xeni Gwet’in First Nation Government wishes to undertake forestry work in the Caretaker Area, which will include strategic spacing, thinning, burning and prudent harvesting. The proposed forest management strategy would identify necessary forestry work, its costs, potential merchantable volumes and uses of waste fibre as well as compatibility with other high value land uses (traditional use, habitat conservation, tourism, and fisheries) and come up with options for forest management that are socially appropriate, economically viable and environmentally sustainable. One particular focus of the strategy should be to examine innovative private sector approaches to forestry financing, since Title Land (a portion of the Caretaker Area) is not eligible for public subsidies from Government agencies. Another focus of the strategy should be to determine how best to partner with overlapping First Nation interests in the Caretaker Area, since two other Tsilhqot’in communities claim rights over portions of the area.
The primary goal of the Xeni Gwet’in Forest Management Strategy is to formulate options and recommendations for strengthening forest health and reducing wildfire risk while respecting other key values associated with the use of the land base.
Scope of Work & Deliverables
The Contractor’s responsibilities will include the following:
a) Obtain and review available forest inventory data for the Caretaker Area and assess for stand type, age, health and fire risk.
b) Review other land values identified in past planning documents to determine high value zones for wildlife habitat, traditional use, tourism and recreation, and agriculture/ranching.
c) Recommend forest management options that balance fire risk reduction, forest health promotion and retention of other values.
d) Carry out a high level financial analysis of various forest management options.
e) Identify options for financing forest management in the Caretaker Area, including loans, harvesting, carbon sales, private partnerships, certification, etc.
f) Develop an action plan for the recommended forest management option.
The consultant should also outline a methodology for engaging the community in the planning process. This should include a number of steering committee/community meetings to confirm a methodology and timelines and to report out.
Please provide a detailed timeline of how long it will take to carry out the work and deliverables along with the individuals that will be conducting the work using the format in the attached word document below.
A breakdown of fees to be charged along with an estimate of expenses in the format in the attached word document below.
The deadline to submit a proposal is 3pm on July 26, 2019 and must include:
- How you will carry out the tasks outlined in section 6;
- A firm estimate of the fees to be charged and an estimate of expenses that would be incurred;
- A summary of your forest planning work;
- A summary of your consultation/engagement work with relevant First Nation communities;
- Resumes of all consultants that would be involved in the project.